The Mindful Academy

Do you work in post-secondary/higher education? This podcast is for you: seasonal releases on coaching tools, personal effectiveness, productivity, and inspiration to create the life and work you’ve always wanted. Jennifer Askey is a former tenured prof who gave it all up to move to a different country. She’s been staff, faculty, adjunct, and temp–all at universities. Now she is an academic life & leadership coach dedicated to helping academic workers create the world’s best lives!


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Series 1

Trailer: Get to Know the Mindful Academy

Listen to "Get to Know the Mindful Academy" on Spreaker. Meet Jennifer Askey, host of The Mindful Academy and learn about coaching tools that help you find and pursue meaning in your academic career.

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Episode 1: Wheel of Life

Listen to "Wheel of Life" on Spreaker. Tune into this episode to walk yourself through the Wheel of Life, also known as the Wheel of Adult Fulfillment. This is an opportunity to put words to what you think fulfillment means for...

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Episode 2: Values

Listen to "Values" on Spreaker. In this episode about living our values, Jennifer talks about the gap between things we admire and are drawn to and the values that–consciously or not–guide our major life decisions. 

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Episode 3: Tree of Life

Listen to "Tree of Life" on Spreaker. How does your garden grow? In this episode, Jennifer looks at a tree diagram as a way to think about what supports us to be the best version of ourselves and what we return to the world in terms of legacy and “fruits.” 

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Episode 4: Priorities

Listen to "Priorities" on Spreaker. Prioritizing means more than picking the order in which you do things. In this episode, Jennifer talks about using the notion of your legacy (from episode 3) to structure how you give time to people and projects. Just focusing on...

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Episode 5: Goals, Tasks, Habits

Listen to "Goals, Tasks, Habits" on Spreaker. When we feel like everything needs to be done now and is an emergency, we can become overwhelmed quickly. In this episode, you’ll focus on tackling the priorities you set when you listened to last week’s episode by...

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Episode 6: The PA System in Your Mind

Listen to "The PA System in Your Mind" on Spreaker. The best intentions and plans when it comes to prioritization and goal setting can be scuttled by your Inner Critic. Your Inner Critic, or Judge, or Shitty Committee, is that voice in your head that tells you that...

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Episode 8: Lessons from the Experimental Leader

Listen to "Resilience" on Spreaker. This episode takes a bit of a break from coaching tools. Jennifer talks about lessons she learned from working with Melanie Parish, author of the book The Experimental Leader: Be a New Kind of Boss to Cultivate an Organization of...

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Episode 9: Gremlins, Saboteurs, and How to Fight Them

Listen to "Gremlins & Saboteurs & How to Fight Them" on Spreaker. In this episode, Jennifer talks about the superpowers we need to counteract our Inner Critic. Learn about cultivating emotional intelligence and the important perspective of the Sage. 

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Episode 10: Resilience

Listen to "Resilience" on Spreaker. Resilience is all the rage right now. We know that we need it, but what does it mean to cultivate it? In this episode, Jennifer talks about growing our stores of resilience, learning from setbacks, and what to say to ourselves when...

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Series 2

Episode 5: Empathy – The Magic Sauce

Listen to "2.5 Empathy – The Magic Sauce" on Spreaker. Almost every academic I know is hard on themselves. You expect excellence from your students, colleagues, and yourself. Because excellence and rigour are the names of the game! And what happens when someone misses...

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Episode 4: My Emotions Are Not the Boss of Me

Listen to "2.4 My Emotions Are Not the Boss of Me" on Spreaker. In this episode, I help you explore your emotional agility around transparency, adaptability, and optimism. How long do you stay stuck in a negative head space that neither feels good nor helps you move...

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Episode 3: Mind-Body Integration

Listen to "2.3 Mind-Body Integration" on Spreaker. You are familiar with the 5 senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. In this episode, I explore Amanda Blake’s work on the OTHER senses we access when we want to fully integrate our mind, body, and emotional...

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Episode 2: Self-Awareness Is a Skill to be Nurtured

Listen to "2.2 Self-Awareness Is a Skill to be Nurtured" on Spreaker. In this episode, I talk about self-awareness and self-regard. Is your picture of yourself and your emotions accurate and positive? Is it balanced out with an understanding of where you excel and...

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Decision Making

Does Decision Making actually play that big of a part in our daily lives? In today's episode of The Mindful Academy, our host Jennifer Askey breaks down several aspects that envelop the idea of Decision Making. Jennifer even covers some ideas on prioritizing to aid in...

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